Review from Occult Black Metal Zine

July 6, 2017
From: Occult Black Metal Zine
Published: June 17, 2017

Kassad  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  atmospheric form  of  black  metal  and  this  is a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Faces  Turn  Away"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records.

Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  that  uses  a  great amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  introducing  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the recording  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  more  modern,  melodic  and  atmospheric  style.

A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  synths  along  with  some  post  rock  elements are  also  used  at  times  while  the  heavier  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  clean  playing  is also used  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  along  the  tracks  also bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  closing  track  brings  in  elements  of ambient  and  is  also  all  instrumental.

Kassad  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that is  very  modern  and  atmospheric  while  also adding  in  a touch  of  post rock,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  existential  terror and  claustrophobic  anxiety  themes.

In  my  opinion  Kassad  are  a very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if you  are  a  fan  of this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album. 

Rating: 8/10

Revidw from Transcending Obscurity Webzine

July 6, 2017
From: Transcending Obscurity Webzine
Published: June 16, 2017

*This is a small review that accompanied the song premiere of "Broken"

Black metal is one of those genres that does its best to overwhelm the listener, though how a particular band reaches that point varies wildly.  In the case of London based Kassad, the one man project achieves this through dense layers of instrumentation that have a warlike feel and cold industrial undertone alongside sprawling introspective soundscape...

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Review from Ugh Metal

July 6, 2017
From: Ugh Metal
Published: February 15, 2017

*This is a brief review that accompanied the digital / cassette band self-release.

The one man black metal project known as Kassad is currently unsigned and independent AND managed to release this album! At first with a name like Kassad, the Klown expected Middle Eastern influences to go along with the sounds of black metal. The Klown was initially expecting Kassad to have Middle Eastern elements to his metal much like the Mesopotamian Bl...

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Review from No Clean Singing

July 6, 2017
From: No Clean Singing
Published: February 13, 2017

*This is a brief review that accompanied the digital / cassette band self-release.

I have starkweather to thank (as I have in the past) for bringing this next release to my attention. It’s the debut album of the one-man London-based black metal band Kassad. Entitled Faces Turn Away, it was released on February 5 (digitally and on tape).

This album isn’t my first exposure to Kassad. Almost exactly one year ago I enthusiastically ...

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Review from Toilet Ov Hell

July 6, 2017
From: Toilet Ov Hell
Published: February 5, 2017

*This is a brief review that accompanied the digital / cassette band self-release.

In the course of trying to memorize the names and other identifying characteristics of all fifty of my undergrads this semester, I’ve forgotten a few details from older articles published here on the hallowed bowl. Hopefully I can be forgiven for not recalling that our little toilet’s first introduction to cold, binary black metal act Kassad was on ...

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 Released: July 6, 2017
300 Copies
Genre: "Urban" Dissonant Post-Black Metal